Francophone Games

Little brother and world-ranked javelin thrower Caleb Jones was just named to Team NB for the 2013 Francophone Games in Nice, France, happening this September. And I'm on Team NB for the arts competition portion of the Games. Which means we'll have MATCHING UNIFORMS OH MAN. 

Here is the press release from Athletics NB: 

Jul 8 2013 - Team NB to Shine at 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie

Athletics New Brunswick is pleased to name the athletes that will represent New Brunswick in the track & field competition at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie in Nice FRA, September 6 to 15.  The team members are: Grace Annear (Hampton) 800m; Réjean Chiasson (Tilley Road) Marathon; Lydia Frost (Bocabec) 1500m; Nadine Frost (Bocabec) 1500m; Adam Gaudes (Fredericton) 800m; Caleb Jones (Saint John) Javelin; Geneviève Lalonde (Moncton) 3000m Steeple Chase; and, Elizabeth MacDonald (Oromocto) Hammer.  Veteran international athlete Michael LeBlanc (Riverview) was initially named to the team, but sadly will be unable to compete due to injury.

“These athletes have all achieved some very difficult performance standards to make this team,” said Steve LeBlanc, head coach for the team.  “It is a sign of where our athletes are that we can have this many athletes performing at this level.  It also speaks well of our coaches and clubs in NB that we are developing athletes across the full spectrum of track & field events that can compete at an international level,” added LeBlanc, who also serves as the high performance coordinator for ANB.

Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director of ANB, commented on the high quality of the group that will travel to Nice.  “This is one of the strongest teams we have ever sent to this major international competition, including some potential medal winners. ANB is thrilled to be so well represented.”

The team will be in action from September 10 to 15.  It is sure to be a tough competition, with host nation France no doubt fielding a strong team, and many other countries with a strong track & field traditions taking part.  However, NB team members Geneviève Lalonde and Caleb Jones will be going in with performances that could well land them on the podium.